David Fincher's The Social Network wins you over immediately
with a pitch-perfect, tone setting opening sequence where Mark Zuckerberg
(brilliantly played by Jesse Eisenberg) and his very soon-to-be ex-girlfriend
Erica (Rooney Mara) engage in a His Girl Friday-esque fast-paced,
out-of-synch conversation to which Erica at one point fittingly says "Sometimes,
Mark, seriously, you say two things at once and I'm not sure which one
I'm supposed to be aiming at.... It's exhausting. Going out with you is
like dating a Stairmaster." In the conclusion of this scene Mark
is dumped, ultimately propelling a chain of emotional events that leads
the narrative rhythm of the film and character.
These opening sequences establish the story, characterizations and tone of the entire film, and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin smartly returns to Erica's character a few more times throughout the film (including a rather lonesome final shot).
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